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Tyler Austin, Artistic Director & Conductor

Dr. Tyler Austin works to redefine the role of the 21st-century wind conductor. Austin serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of Maryland Chamber Winds (MCW), an international ensemble of performers who come together to present an annual concert series and educational outreach program. MCW is ensemble-in-residence for the Maryland Wind Festival, a two-week festival of wind chamber music and outreach based in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, and the surrounding communities. 

A committed advocate of new music, Austin has commissioned and premiered over 30 works for winds. He founded the annual MCW Composer Commission Project in the Summer of 2016 to produce original works for chamber winds and has headed recording projects to provide composers with professional recordings of their works. He studied orchestration with Zhou Tian at Michigan State University and has been mentored by David Biedenbender and Adam Schoenberg.

Dr. Austin maintains an active career in academia and currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University where he conducts the OSU Concert Band and Frontiers New Music Ensemble. He teaches courses in the Music Education area and holds an additional appointment as Instructor of Bassoon. Austin completed a D.M.A. in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University under Dr. Kevin Sedatole. Prior to his study at MSU, he served as Director of Bands at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD and actively freelanced as a bassoonist with wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He holds an M.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas under Professor Kathleen Reynolds, and a B.M. in Music Education from Susquehanna University.

Matthew Angelo, Executive Director & Flute

Flutist Matthew Angelo is an active arts administrator and freelance musician currently based in Easton, Pennsylvania and serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Chamber Winds. Previously he has held the positions of Operations & Personnel Manager with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Administrative Assistant and Special Events Coordinator for the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Personnel Manager and Librarian for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2020 he was selected to participate in Akropolis Reed Quintet’s Mastermind, a week long program focusing on entrepreneurialism in music. 

As a flutist, Matthew has give performances across the United States as well as in China at the 2018 Lianhuashan Glades Music Festival, France at the Cité Internationale des Arts and Foundation des Estats-Unis, and the Czech Republic in a twelfth century monastery in the small village of Nová Říše. He is a founding member of the Maryland Chamber Winds as well as Manor Winds, a woodwind quintet based in Lancaster, PA. Matthew has played with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Additionally, he has appeared as soloist with the Maryland Chamber Winds, the historic Quakertown Band, and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra. Matthew performed at the 2016 & 2018 National Flute Association Conventions and the 2015 Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and has been a guest clinician with the Chester County and York Youth Symphonies. Matthew can be heard on the MSR Classics’ album Three-Nine Line: Music of Nicole Chamberlain with flutists Mary Matthews and Nicole Chamberlain as well as Tonsehen Records’ album Preludes & Recitations with the Maryland Chamber Winds. An advocate for new music, Matthew has premiered 20 works by prominent American composers. 

Matthew began studying the flute at the age of 10. He received a Master of Music Degree from The Hartt School and as Bachelor of Music Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His principal teachers include Dr. Kimberly Reighley and Janet Arms. When not performing, Matthew enjoys spending time at home with his fiancé (also named Matt), their golden doodle Dakota, and family and friends. He enjoys tackling home improvement projects, cooking, and is an avid traveler and amateur photographer. 

Evan Harger, Assistant Conductor

Evan Harger is Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Music at Marywood University where he teaches courses in music history, world music, conducting, and other subjects. An active guest conductor, Harger has collaborated with the Oregon Mozart Players, the St. Petersburg State Symphony, the Maryland Chamber Winds, and the Riverside Chamber Symphony. Harger is currently completing his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University where he is a student of Kevin Noe. 

An advocate for teaching applied philosophy to music majors, he has presented at the Oxford Conducting Studies Institute on John Dewey’s Philosophy of Mind and how it can inform our rehearsal culture. Additionally, he has presented on the pedagogy of contemporary music and early music for music students. 

Evan is delighted to have been a part of this recording process as Assistant Conductor and Producer, and hopes that the listener experiences as much joy as the musicians did in performing this wonderful music. He would like to thank Music Director Tyler Austin for being such a strong advocate for wind music in the state of Maryland and for being a close friend and colleague.

Yuji Jones, Education Coordinator

Yuji Jones is in his seventh year as Co-Director of Bands for the Marion City Schools Band Department in Marion, Ohio. Yuji co-teaches the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Grant Middle School concert bands, conducts the Harding High School concert band, woodwind choir, musical pit orchestra, assists with the jazz ensemble, and serves as Assistant Director of the marching band. Students and ensembles under Yuji’s direction have received numerous superior ratings at OMEA Solo & Ensemble and Large Group Adjudicated Events at both the district and state levels. Prior to his appointment at Marion City Schools, Yuji taught middle school band and general music in Southern Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee. Yuji received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana University- Bloomington receiving high honors.

Yuji maintains an active schedule performing with several community ensembles including the Winds of Ohio (WoO), Marion Palace Theatre Big Band, and the Marion Community Concert Band. He has also served as a guest clinician for Ohio area school bands, band festivals, is an active honor band conductor, and presented at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) state conference on multiple topics. Yuji is a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, Antiracism Committee for OMEA and believes that everyone has a place in making music, no matter their background.

Yuji also serves as the Education Coordinator for the Maryland Chamber Winds. He is responsible for having MCW artists engage with music students throughout Maryland via original and unique educational experiences. Students have worked with MCW artists both virtually and in-person, connecting them with our musicians who hail from across the US.

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